ANKARA

4.5
491 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Ankara is an upscale-casual Turkish & Mediterranean restaurant conveniently located in Dupont Circle close to Metro, shopping and nightlife. A selection of hot and cold meze dishes, fresh pide from our wood burning stove, and tempting array of entrees are served up in a beautiful setting mixing the best of old and new world style. In addition to the spacious interior dining room and bar, Ankara features a large outdoor dining patio where guests can enjoy our full menu. Lunch offered Monday through Friday. Bottomless Brunch(including all drinks) on weekends for $34.99 per person. Mondays, we also offer half-priced bottles of wine.
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COMPLIMENTARY BEER OR WINE FOR ENTIRE TABLE!

Come join us for special dining experience with free one glass of drinks to entire table.
TERMS:
-Drinks are: Draft tap beers, house wines and fountain drinks.
-This offer excludes happy hours and brunch tables.
-Cannot be combined with any other campaigns or offers.
-Each guest must order at least one entree, grill, flatbread or seafood.
-Valid only OpenTable reservations.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 12, 2018

Ends: April 2, 2019

Availability: Daily 2:00PM-5:30PM

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Sun 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Thu 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Fri 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 8:00PM - 11:00PM

What 491 People Are Saying
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TI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. It really gives its competition a run for their money! There were 16 of us and our server was AWESOME! She was very attentive, kind, and patient as we all ordered and what not. Her name was Asli. I will be returning and asking to sit in her section!

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We were running about 10 min late. I called to let them know. When we arrived our table wasn’t ready. Not off to the best start, they got a table ready for us. It was pretty tight, but our server went above and beyond to find us a table that had plenty of room and we weren’t cramped. The service was great! Everyone was friendly and helpful. The food was great and the ambiance was decent. We will definitely be back to eat everything we ordered, and try new things! The baked hummus was delicious!

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S
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived with a fire alarm going off and almost left but we are glad we stayed. The food was delicious. We had the six Meza appetizer and I had the flat bread with ground beef. Turkish coffee and baklava for dessert. We will be back.

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EG
Miami
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mixed grill is an excellent value for two people!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my daughter’s 21st birthday celebration. We had a party of 9. My daughter was greeted with a rose upon entering the restaurant. We did the bottomless brunch. It was great! Food and drinks were coming to the table like crazy. Really good time.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ali, our waiter, was awesome! Great food and great service. Would definitely come back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem. Really enjoyed. Great food, service and place. I’ll be back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything Turkish was really good! Friendly service. Big place!

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f
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time here and we fell in love. The hummus was so creamy and those pita chips were delicious. I got the lamb and beef grill and it was out of this world, and for that price?!! The ambiance was great and the service was amazing. I can't wait to come back.

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M
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Ankara is legendary, and consistently fabulous. The menu is rich and varied, and the prices are reasonable. The service is kind and attentive. We went for Valentine’s Day, looking for just a casual celebration, and we were so glad we did. If you like Mediterranean food, you will love Ankara.

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NN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience! We were a group of 8 and were sat at a very large, rustic table with comfortable chairs and banquette on one side. We instantly felt "at home." Our waiter was EXCELLENT! very attentive, made great suggestions, and food came out FAST! we sampled many dished and all were delicious! Great value for the amount of food and they offer some great tasting menus that we did not take advantage of. Everyone in our group agreed we would definitely go back for more!

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s
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lunch special here is an amazing value. Food came out quickly and everything was yummy. Opentable points. Dosh cashback. Yelp cashback. AA miles. Groupon cashback. CC cashback. That’s a sextuple dip worth around 50% off. Just do it!

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was not my first time and Ankara never disappoints. My sister and I enjoyed brunch and received outstanding service from the moment we walked in the door.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing! So polite, so helpful she was the best!

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a table on a last minute whim and couldn’t have had a better experience! The food was amazing and the staff was so friendly. Definitely check this place out if you get a chance.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection, very attentive server and food runner.

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L
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Solid food but not spectacular. Great service and nice ambience.

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YK
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. We love this place.

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Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ankara was great! Will definitely go here again including with a large business group and just me and my family. Thanks for being so great in accommodating us! Laura Lee

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M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent but food was ok with a few good exceptions.

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K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I love Turkish food and lived in Turkey for years. The food here is reasonably authentic, and the wait staff is friendly. Portions are very small, however, and nowhere close to large enough to justify the price. Ambiance lacking inside. If you can sit outside in warm weather it is pleasant enough, but there are much better Turkish places in the area.

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NS
Atlanta
45 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent the service was very good. The server was attentive and understood food allergies. They offered to check with the chef for any dishes they did not know the ingredients to ensure my food didn’t contain allergens. The mixed grill was excellent I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture and was large enough to share with 2 hungry adults.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Such a great deal for bottomless brunch!

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W
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The brunch is a wonderful. You get to try lots of options on the menu because it’s unlimited tapas style. And the bottomless drinks is a bonus!

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KB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely brilliant meal. Order a number of different plates and share! Great food, great service and a great value.

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New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious! However for a bottomless brunch they were slow to refill drinks.

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MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

I wanted to love it. But the food was really bad. The service was very delayed, but they did everything they could to make it right. And that was much appreciated. The food though, man. Real bad.

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MA
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I came here for restaurant week with a friend. My meal was okay -- comes in last when compared to Ambar and Compass Rose. They give you two starters, an entree and a dessert for restaurant week. I asked for recommendations on all the menu items and ordered what seemed to be received the best among patrons. I had the beet salad (6/10), some kind of beef and lamb ensemble with greek yogurt topping it (1/10), a chicken skewer (8/10) and the chocolate mousse cake dessert (wonderful, 10/10). Service was pretty bad...granted there was a large party seated in what I assume was our section, but the server was somewhat pushy and we had to ask for things multiple times (i.e. friend had to ask 3 times for a straw for her drink, when we ordered a dessert to go they brought the check and we had to ask for the dessert to be brought out to us, etc). After this bemusing experience, I got a notification from Open Table saying that ANKARA reported that we were a no show for the reservation. Ironic considering the amount of extra time they had to check us in while we were in the restaurant waiting for things. One of the messiest restaurant week experiences I've had to date and will not be recommending or returning.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best Mediterranean food I’ve ever had in my life. Thank you so much for the great service and great experience!!!! Berk was a phenomenal host. We’re so thankful for his service.

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d
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty food and great mezzes for sharing! Pricey but an excellent brunch deal.

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f
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was excellent, ambiance nice. Food was average

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and service great for a nice bite to eat.

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The bottomless brunch is great. Recommend going with a couple friends to share different dishes. The food was tasty. It did get loud around lunch time as there were some large groups around us. Our server Berk was great. Very attentive and friendly. Great experience.

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G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

One of my favorite brunches in DC! Best bottomless deal! Just wish service was quicker especially from the bar when the 2 hour dining limit is so strict.

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Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant week brunch

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S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed our time at Ankara during restaurant week. The food was well seasoned and prepared, the only issue that we encountered was during our appetizer, where the number of pita chips to hummus was minimal (one of my coworkers had only three chips on the plate) we asked for more, but they told us we had bread and dismissed us.
I will go back to Ankara, as we enjoyed the overall experience.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Many gluten-free options, great service, outstanding Turkish coffee, has a very high "health" rating, which suggests cleanliness

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RB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a most wonderful dinner at Ankara during DC Restaurant Week. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly. The menu was varied with very clear explanations and the wine menu had the most detailed descriptions of flavor that I have ever seen. I highly recommend Ankara for a great date night.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As a group of 5, we did 4 apps to share, then entrees of kebabs. Everything was wonderful. The staff made us feel so welcome by offering a chef’s treat upon arrival, as well as complimentary coffees at the end of our meal. It was a fun experience to dine there & all very well priced. Larger entrees were mid $20s while the kebabs were only $13. Highly recommend!

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JW
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The food and service were very good. It was extremely noisy as there is no carpeting, which made it difficult to hear anyone across the table. However, when I arrived early and specifically asked that the check he given to me as I had invited guests, they allowed my guests to pay anyway. Very poor form. I do not think I will be returning.

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